Called the ugliest building in Berlin, the Palast der Republik is one of the last remaining relics of the former GDR in the heart of the city. But after the Berlin and German governments voted to tear the building down, a number of Berliners rose up to save the Palast.
Brokedown Palast not only documents this political debate but is a meditation on the building, it’s city and the residual emotions and sentiments over this fading chapter in modern German history.
Produced, shot, edited and written by Ole Tangen Jr.
Contact InformationOle Tangen Jr.
ole (at) clockwise (dot) tv
December 8, 2007 Subject:
East vs. West
While in West Berlin in the early sixties working as a German translator, I was not permitted to go to East Berlin. I was not aware of the Palast and its history. This informative and interesting film succeeds in bringing to the fore the complex and contradictory nature of Berliners in particluar, and Germans as a whole.
So much, in Berlin, has changed since I was there. So much remains the same.